Mission

When you walk through the doors of LIFE, you will feel the difference.  It is a place where we cultivate a lifelong love of learning, servant leadership, respect for the whole person, exploration of art, community integration, practical life skills, and spiritual development. We honor God by respecting and nurturing your child’s gifts and talents and connecting your child to a sense of impact.

At LIFE, we do things differently. School is not meant to feel like a holding cell until life starts. While we believe academics are important, succeeding in academics does not develop the whole person and it does not guarantee success in life. The team at LIFE supports your values, the dreams and the appreciation you have for your children while they are entrusted to us at school.

IMAGINE….

  • Your child writing her first computer program.
  • Your child waking up excited every day.
  • Your child journaling his life goals and knowing exactly who he wants to be in life.
  • Your child starting her first business.
  • Your child is asked to share their testimony.
  • Your child is featured in the Lifestyle editorial after starting an outreach program for the homeless.
  • Your child writing their first book.
  • Your child someday saying, “Thanks, Mom. I wouldn’t have known what was possible for me if it weren’t for you.”

 

Made In His Image

God has made all of us in His image and yet each of us is uniquely gifted and talented from birth.  We celebrate this truth and honor God by helping your children discover and use their gifts, from Kindergarten through Grade 12.  We approach learning in seven key ways:

1. One on One: students work directly with a teacher or learning coach.

2. Collaborative: students work with 1–5 other students on their own, launched or facilitated by a teacher.

3. Direct Instruction larger groups of students are engaged by a teacher, who is facilitating their learning.

4. Technology/Device Engagement: students are engaged with technology (software/apps/online) and devices that will deliver a variety of content in unique and innovative ways.

5. Experiential: each of the student’s senses are engaged, putting their hands to the learning process through varied content.

6. Project-Based Learning: students, individually or in small groups, will engage learning through identifying and developing a project from inception to completion with a final presentation at the end.

7. Independent Study: students “learn how to learn” as they direct themselves through content that challenges them to use and expand their tools of learning.

Our unique approach and supportive environment build life-long learners.  Maybe you remember how it felt to play the game of school? Study just enough to pass the test, and then on to the next thing, hoping time flies by until it’s summer break. Our students can’t wait for school to start.

Message from John Zylka

Life Learning School was born of a hope that began over 50 years ago in a small classroom in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.  There was a very eager young man in that class who had a deep desire to discover what school was all about and to learn the things every kindergartner should know. However, that young man graduated high school in June 1977 with a very jaded attitude towards education. I know, because I was that young man.

When it was time for my own children to begin their educational careers, my wife and I researched the options that were available to us so we could make an informed decision regarding our children’s educational future.

And so began my journey of longing to be a part of an educational community that would bless my children and our entire family.

My family and I ultimately spent over 20 years in three different educational institutions where I was able to gain priceless experience serving as a parent volunteer, board member, teacher, and ultimately as an administrator.

Late in the fall of 2012, the basic concept for Life Learning School was born. I spent the next six months in over 100 meetings with high-performing individuals in the areas of education, ministry, and business to get their input regarding this endeavor. During this time of deep prayer and discovery, God’s whisper became a shout. It was crystal clear that this was indeed a God-given and God-honoring vision that was about to be birthed.

I am extremely thankful for the blessing of LIFE, and I’m aware each moment that without God’s unwavering support and guidance, my family’s endless encouragement, and the greatest team in the world, this would not be a reality. Thank you for checking us out!

John Zylka
Founder & Chief Inspiration Officer

Stories from Families

We came to Life Learning School because of the expertise in education, experienced and caring staff. The love and truth of the Lord Jesus Christ is taught and lived every day. There are many amazing opportunities beyond academics at LIFE. We greatly appreciate their focus on personal and spiritual growth of the child. The environment at LIFE is welcoming to all. It is a safe place to share ideas, thoughts, and feelings. The student community is like a family. The multi-age interaction is beautiful to watch and beneficial to all. Every child is accepted exactly where they are. Each student is challenged to grow, encouraged and assisted along the way. We are truly blessed to be a part of LIFE and can’t imagine being any place else.

Bill & Pat Anderson

My children have been attending Life Learning School for two years and have enjoyed the experience every step of the way. The teachers and staff are awesome and truly care about each student as a child of their own. The personable life lessons taught and practical teaching coupled with the community experience helps develop the whole student. Upon arriving at LIFE some of my children did not like going to school. We realized that we needed something different for them than what was currently being offered. We researched and visited many schools and left each school unsure or with a bad feeling. We then visited the Life Learning School site which was under construction at the time of our visit, and realized at that moment that God was building up something new for our family and that it would be great. The construction represented the reshaping and renewing of my children’s life academically, physically and spiritually. The good news is that the construction of this dynamic school wasn’t just for my family but it is for all families who choose to embrace LIFE and believe that we should have it more abundantly. If you want to make a worthy investment in your child’s education Life Learning Community is the #1 school of choice. You will not be disappointed with the Return on your Investment.

Vaughn Family

Life Learning School has been such a blessing for my daughter and me. I started her at LIFE the year they opened in 2013. The staff at LIFE have always taken a personal interest in my daughter and challenged her to excel at school and to grow in her relationship with Christ and others. Grace and accountability are modeled daily along with integrity, respect, and hard work. I also appreciate that my daughter is able to make the most of her class time, because the environment is peaceful. My daughter has built great relationships with her teachers, developed new friendships with other students and been nurtured in her walk with God. I would recommend any family to be a part of such a warm and loving community like LIFE.

Steve

I am so happy that I heard about Life Learning School on WAAM Radio about a year and a half ago. My husband and I were very concerned about our children even in charter school and the way the curriculum and the environment in the school were going. We heard about LIFE and looked into it; we attended an open house and we were hooked.  LIFE is a safe learning environment with a warm, family-like atmosphere where my children are not just a number, but they are known individually and considered an important part of the group. Every person is valued at Life not based on qualities the world holds up as meaningful, but as someone God created with his or her own special character and set of gifts. The culture of this community is very honorable, upholding traditional biblical values similar to those with which my husband and I were raised.

LIFE offers their students very unique, real life experiences that are not available in any public school. The children are active, not just stuffed in classrooms listening to adults lecture. For the first two years, the curriculum has come from the K-12 plan, but the administrators at LIFE are busily working on their own curriculum to be established for the coming years. Students are enrolled in a full, age-appropriate curriculum and even take state tests, so they are not deprived any educational element that they would receive in a public school.  Most importantly, there is time for God. How our Creator is not central to any establishment, particularly where children are trained for life, is beyond me. I am so glad they take time to acknowledge God, and I believe they are blessed because of it.

The leadership is approachable, flexible and understanding, open to discussion of whatever is concerning to families, full of vision and excitement. It is a privilege to walk through this time of growth and development with LIFE. I congratulate them on their third year of existence. I know it’s only going to get better. How did we ever do without you?

Dierdre Jeske